Duodenoscope Infection Lawsuits Filed By Patients Who Suffered Superbug Infections Allegedly From Bacteria Transmitted From Contaminated Medical Scopes.
As filings continue of duodenoscope lawsuits alleging contaminated medical scopes transmit bacteria that seriously or fatally harms patients, a study has found that bacteria remains on the devices even after high-level disinfection. The tainted scopes are at the center of duodenoscope lawsuits that allege patients suffer life-threatening infections due to bacteria left on medical scopes that are used in medical procedures.
“This study supports the claims in medical scope lawsuits that patients are at risk for nearly drug-resistant infections because these devices cannot be properly cleaned,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, co-founder of Southern Med Law.
The firm’s attorneys are investigating duodenoscope lawsuits and continue to speak to people or their survivors nationwide who believe they suffered a severe or fatal infection due to contaminated medical scopes. If you were diagnosed with a superbug infection following a medical procedure using a medical scope call Southern Med Law to speak to one of the firm’s attorneys regarding your legal rights at (205) 547-5525 or visit southernmedlaw.com to fill out a contact form.
Staff at 21 hospitals and medical centers in the Providence Health and Services system tested 106 duodenoscopes and linear echoendoscopes each for 30 days, According to the study published in the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy journal, the scopes were cleaned following manufacturers’ guidelines, then cultured to determine whether bacteria would grow. The scopes, made by Olympus, Pentax and Fujinon, were not used on humans during the study. Microbial growth was found in 5 percent of 4,032 specimens collected after the scopes were disinfected. Of that amount, 0.06 percent of the microbial contaminants were bacteria that could threaten human health.
[documentcloud.org/documents/2918308-GIE-April-2016-Issue-Manuscript-ERCP-EUS.html, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, April 2016]
Duodenoscopes and echoendoscopes are both used in gastrointestinal procedures and are cleaned by automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs). The medical scopes’ designs make them difficult to clean which is why they can become contaminated with bacteria. Olympus Corp.’s knew of its scopes “potential flaws” since 2012, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation. Internal emails included in a recently filed lawsuit revealed that Tokyo-based Olympus Corp. told its U.S. executive not to issue a “broad warning” to U.S. hospitals about contaminated duodenoscopes. Since then, there have been 25 outbreaks in the United States that included three deaths in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.
[latimes.com/business/la-fi-olympus-scopes-20160115-story.html, January 15, 2016]
In January, Olympus Corp. recalled 4,400 of its TJF-Q180V duodenoscopes for repair and redesign. In November, the FDA ordered Custom Ultrasonics, Inc. to recall about 2,800 AERs due to their inability to adequately wash and disinfect the medical scopes.
Court documents indicate that filings of duodenoscope lawsuits continue with the a recently filed complaint by a California woman. This medical scope lawsuit alleges the woman contracted the Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae superbug after undergoing a procedure that used the Q180V scope in October 2014 at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center. The duodenoscope lawsuit maintained that Olympus had a obligation “to develop and validate a (cleaning) protocol and to incorporate this protocol into the product’s labeling.” (Case No. BC586295, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles)
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